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Country Code GB
Repository Code 800001
Repository Private
Reference NRAS888
Title Hope Family, Marquesses of Linlithgow
Dates 14th-20th century
Access Status Restricted
Access Conditions These records are held privately. All enquiries should be addressed to:

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HM General Register House
Description Papers concerning building work at Hopetoun House, 1699-1752; including agreement between Earl of Hopetoun and William Adam, 1721. Papers concerning gardens and plantings, 1706-69. Papers concerning Ormiston Hall, 1756-78; including architectural plans of additions, 1772. Correspondence, 1754-1935; including letter to Board of Trustees for Manufactures concerning condition of the Highlands, 1754. Miscellaneous papers, 1642-1963; including narrative of visit by George IV to Hopetoun House, 1822; typescript report on archaeological excavations at Abercorn Castle, 1963 and microfilm of Journals of Admiral Sir George Hope
Household receipts and bills, 1736-1839, including: account from William Adam for building work at Leadhills House, 1740; receipt from Dr Roebuck, Bo'ness, for coal supplied, 1790; accounts for gardening at Hopetoun House, 1705. Inventories of furnishings, 1792-1936, including: library at Raehills, [c.1807]; furniture at Ormistoun Hall, 1833; lists of paintings, 1936. Correspondence and papers concerning the Linlithgow Paving Bill, 1822-23. Treatises on lead mining in Scotland [c.1780]. Reports, papers and correspondence concerning roads and bridges in Linlithgowshire 1820-23. Journal of the weather at Bath and at Hopetoun House, 1766. Letter from Major J A Hope describing military developments in Spain, 1813. Plans of properties in East Lothian and West Lothian (photocopies in the NRS, ref: RHP89191-89195.)
Two volumes of diaries-cum-scrapbooks of Captain P G Carter. Derbyshire Yeomanry, compiled while Aide-de-camp to the Viceroy and Governor-General of India, 1941-43 [2nd Marquess of Linlithgow].

Estate and household receipts and bills, 1691-1976, including: accounts for items purchased for the gardens, including a list of garden seeds, 1707, receipts of the ministers and schoolmasters of Kirkliston and Abercorn for their stipends and salaries, 1691-1707. Catalogue of pictures at Hopetoun House, 18th century. Copy letter of Thomas Thomson, former Deputy Clerk - Register concerning three ms volumes entrusted to him in 1824 [two of which are NRS ref E14/1 and 2], 1841. Coal Book for the works of Abercorn, 1700 and notebook concerning lime quarrying, 1700, inventory of 18th and 19th century papers with references to the silver mines at Tartraven, the Scots Mines Company and leadmines, 1862. Two visitors' books for Holyrood House, 1887-89. Correspondence and minutes relating to the Queen's Silver Jubilee Appeal in West Lothian and its committees, 1975-79. Charters and tacks of the teinds of Kirkliston, 1530-1607. Letter of 2nd Marquis of Rockingham, discussing Government vacancies and appointments, 1766. Report by Robert Stevenson, civil engineer, on a new approach to Hopetoun House, 1821.
Estate and personal papers, 1779-1975, including: correspondence, 1925-40, with letters from Edward Wood (1881-1957), Lord Privy Seal and subsequently 1st Earl of Halifax, and Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940), Chancellor of the Exchequer, on the abdication of Edward VIII (1894-1972); diaries of Victor Hope (1887-1952), 2nd Marquess of Linlithgow, 1909-1933; papers relating to 2nd Marquess of Linlithgow's Viceroyalty of India, 1936-1942; records of interests in mineral workings, Leadhills in Lanarkshire, Wanlockhead in Dumfriesshire, and Ormiston in East Lothian, 1848-1928; estate rentals, feus and leases, 1824-1960; papers relating to Abercorn School, West Lothian, 1898-1920; plans of estate property, 1807-1913; lets of shootings, 1922-1962; family accounts, 1785-1803.
NRAS888/Boxes No. 46 to 50 contain miscellaneous 17th-18th century documents found on two large, open wooden trays. The material, a large portion of which was lying loose and in disorder, has all been put up into artificial bundles in the course of the survey.

Miscellaneous papers, including: accounts between John Keir and 3rd Earl of Hopetoun, 1793-97. Papers of James Hope W.S., 1798 1853, concerning the executry of John, 3rd Earl of Hopetoun, 1798 1853; Highland roads and bridges, 1805 23. Miscellaneous receipts and other papers sent to John Hope, W.S., 1856 89. Miscellaneous papers relating to East and West Lothian farms, 1765 19th century, including: plans and papers of West Lothian farms, 1765 1833; papers on lettings of East Lothian farms, 1810 12; architectural plans of East Lothian farms, 1839 61; miscellaneous plans of farm buildings, 19th century. Hopetoun building plans, 19th century. Rent books, 1784 1827. Miscellaneous cash books mainly relating to estate business, 1773 1894. Account books concerning household, estate and Leadhills' business, 1887 95. Salaries' books, 1922 48, including: household salaries, 1928 44. Sawmill wood ledgers and accounts, 1858 1918.

Scottish mint papers in Bundles 2675-2891
The presence of these papers in the Hopetoun muniments can be attributed to Sir James Hope, who was General of the Mint from 1641 to 1660. His interest in the practical and technical aspects of coinage is shown by the material from England and France as well as Scotland. The earliest Scottish papers , dating from 1559 onwards, appear to have been removed from the Mint's own archives, perhaps while it was closed during the English occupation of Edinburgh, 1650-60.
It seems likely that Hope kept the papers in some logical arrangement. For instance a wrapper in bundle 2689 suggests that those relating to the Mint's privileges (such as exemption from military service and local and national taxation) were originally together whereas now they are scattered through several bundles. There is also a large admixture of non-mint material, including copies or drafts of crown grants of offices some perhaps associated with Hope's uncle, Sir Thomas Hope, Lord advocate 1626-46), and papers relating to Hope's lands of Waterhead. These are not listed here.

The many mint documents printed by R W Cochran-Patrick in 'Records of the Coinage of Scotland' (2 vols, Edinburgh 1876), are identified by RCS. A few copies of documents printed by Cochran-Patrick from other sources, mainly the privy council registers (PC1) and mint papers (E105) are denoted by *RCS

Other documents printed by Cochran-Patrick, not identified in the bundles:
Anent cunyie ane ample discours, 16th century (RCS, I, 94-106)
Form and manner to bring the 8d pieces etc. Endorsed Laird of Merchiston and Francis Naper answers (RCS, I, 257-8)
Note as to the privileges of the mint officials, c 1613 (RCS, I, 286-7)
Prices of Nicolas Briot's instruments, 5 March 1638 (RCS, I, lii-liv)
Anent coining, 8 Oct 1641 (RCS, I, lxi-lxiv).
Level Fonds
Related Material See also NRAS Survey 2717, NRAS395, and NAS GD253 A selection of maps and plans which form part of this collection have been copied by the National Records of Scotland and can be found under refs:

Associated Persons
DS/UK/24893Hope Earls of Hopetoun

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